Romancing the Rockies - The Marriage of Plant and Stone
What is it about limestone substrates that seem to foster biodiversity?
Are plants dependent on nutrients and other factors from rocks, or are they growing by accident where you find them?
The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents the 2010 NARGS Conference July 11-14, 2010.
Visit the Rocky Mountain Chapter Conference web page at http://rmcnargs.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=59 for more information.
Visiting Colorado in July is absolutely the right moment high in the mountains. In Denver it was scorching hot in the Botanic Gardens but it is a great garden.
These are two views: one of the rock garden, the other of Ratabida among prairie grasses in the Prairie Garden - one of the highlights for me.
I will be driving to the annual meeting, first to Denver for garden tours, to Salida for the main conference, and then home from there. I'm curious about the botanizing stops mentioned for the bus trip. Would it be possible to get a list of those places so I don't miss them? I might even plan to meet up with the party at some point.
I suspect I will be on one of the buses: mine will definitely stop on Kenosha Pass summit and at a special spot one mile south of Fairplay I love to check out and probably on Trout Creek pass....
We should have some more definite localities soon!
Barbara - we are sending one bus (so far) from Denver Botanic Gardens to Salida and back again. That bus is a 'pay to ride' option you see on the registration form. I will have an itinerary some time soon for that bus. I anticipate we will be making the stop at Fariplay for the special treat and possibly on Kenosha Pass as well. Panayoti, myself, and a number of our chapter members will be driving vans to the event as well. Those vehicles will most likely not have passengers. It should be a hell of a caravan! I will get more information from Randy Tatroe when he gets back to Denver from Massachusetts.
Thank you Panayoti and Hugh! I may tag along, or venture out alone. Depends...
The latest Issue of the Scottish Rock Garden Club e-magazine International Rock Gardener is now online here: http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/index.php?log=international
As international rock gardeners, we are mindful of all the great events that are to be found ariound the world in the field of alpine plants and so you will find a hyperlink to the NARGS 2010 " Romancing the Rockies - The Marriage of Plant and Stone " event from the name of one of the contributors to IRG:Zdeněk Zvolánek. ( http://rmcnargs.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=59 )
ZZ is, of course, one of the editors of IRG and will be a Speaker at the NARGS event July 11-14, 2010 in
Denver & Salida, Colorado.
On the subject of important events in the Alpine World, this seems a good time to remind all of you about the ten yearly "happening" that is the International Rock Garden Conference, Alpines 2011 "Alpines without Frontiers" to be held in the UK in April 2011.... follow this link for details....
We will hope to meet up with many of you there!